Competitive video-gaming organization to start drug testing

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/24/us-usa-gaming-drugtesting-idUSKCN0PY2EY20150724

A competitive video-gaming organization will begin testing players for performance-enhancing drugs next month, as the field of so-called eSports moves further into the mainstream and prize pools climb.

The announcement by the Electronic Sports League came just weeks after one gamer admitted to using the stimulant Adderall at a tournament, sparking discussion around an issue that has long plagued traditional sports…

The ESL is the world’s largest gaming organization, with more than 5 million registered league participants, according to its website. It hosts tournaments for many of competitive gaming’s top titles.

Among the games ESL holds events for is the multiplayer online battle arena title Dota 2. A Dota 2 tournament in August, in which the ESL is not involved, has a prize pool of more than $17 million.

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